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Watchdog Group Issues Warning About Scam Financial Influencers On Facebook

Watchdog Group Issues Warning About Scam Financial Influencers On Facebook

If you’ve used Facebook for any amount of time, you know that financial scams are a sadly common occurrence on the platform. However, the shape of these cons has changed over time to target a new, increasingly younger demographic. According to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), a UK-based regulatory agency, the number of scammy financial…

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Facebook Scams, Account Takeovers Are On The Rise

Facebook Scams, Account Takeovers Are On The Rise

By this point, almost everyone knows that scams and fake accounts are an unfortunately common occurrence on Facebook. However, recent reports and studies have indicated that this kind of annoying and harmful content is on the rise, with social media takeover complaints increasing by more than 1,000% last year. When a Facebook account is taken…

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Watchdog Group Warns About Missing Child Scam Going Viral On Facebook

Watchdog Group Warns About Missing Child Scam Going Viral On Facebook

Online scammers will try anything to trick unsuspecting users, including tugging on their heartstrings. Many of these scams take advantage of people’s interest in helping those in need by setting up fake charities or by impersonating sick individuals. And according to the watchdog group Full Fact, one of these scams has gone viral on Facebook…

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Business News Editor Falls Victim To $300 Facebook Scam

Business News Editor Falls Victim To $300 Facebook Scam

Facebook is one of the most popular platforms with cybercriminals and scammers, and with good reason. Just about anyone can fall victim to their attacks, no matter how educated the target. Take Entrepreneur business news editor Sam Silverman, who wrote a column this week detailing their own experience of falling victim to a scammer while…

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How To Stay Safe From Facebook Marketplace Scams

How To Stay Safe From Facebook Marketplace Scams

As Facebook Marketplace continues to grow in popularity, so do the instances of scams on the platform. It’s important to be vigilant and protect yourself from falling victim to these scams, which can range from fake or defective items being sold to bait and switch schemes and payment scams. Here are some tips on how…

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[Scam Alert] Facebook Phishing Scheme Claiming Copyright Violation

[Scam Alert] Facebook Phishing Scheme Claiming Copyright Violation

Scammers are using a new trick to try and get people to divulge their login information. They’re sending out fake emails claiming to be from Facebook, saying that the user has breached copyright laws and that their account will be deleted within 48 hours unless they appeal. The email includes a link to appeal, which…

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Report: Facebook Is Hosting A Thriving Black Market Of Fake Business Manager Accounts

Report: Facebook Is Hosting A Thriving Black Market Of Fake Business Manager Accounts

Facebook Marketplace often comes under scrutiny for hosting the sale of illegal wares like guns and drugs. However, there are more subtle black markets that are allegedly thriving on the platform. According to a recent report from the Tech Transparency Project (TTP), Facebook is allowing users to buy and sell business manager accounts that can…

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Afghans Targeted By Facebook Visa And Immigration Scams

Afghans Targeted By Facebook Visa And Immigration Scams

Facebook scammers often seek to capitalize on crises around the world by either soliciting sympathy or taking advantage of victims. The latter is the case in Afghanistan, where humanitarian reports indicate that people are being targeted by insidious Facebook scams offering them help to flee the country. According to experts, these scam posts include promises…

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Orchestrated Bot Attack Harvests Facebook User Data

Orchestrated Bot Attack Harvests Facebook User Data

It’s always important to be careful what links you click on Facebook because you never know how they could be used to collect your data. A great example of that occurred this week when a team of cybersecurity researchers discovered a sophisticated overseas troll farm using Facebook links disguised as pornography to capture Facebook user…

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US Lawmakers Press Facebook On Crypto Scam Policies

US Lawmakers Press Facebook On Crypto Scam Policies

Because of their size and reach, many Meta-owned platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp are often used by financial scammers. The nature of these scams has evolved over time, so it’s not surprising that many cybercriminals are now using cryptocurrency to take advantage of unsuspecting users. That’s why six US senators sent a letter to…

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